SEPTEMBER 2007

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LETTER OF THE WEEK

**Sun 30 Sep 07**
WWRY SATURDAY MATINEE - THANK YOU

Jacqueline Brockway wrote:

Dear Dr May

Thank you so much for caring for your fans in the way that you do. Watching you rise out of the stage at WWRY this afternoon [29 Sep 07] put the icing on the cake of what is easily the best musical in the West End. Instead of telling the press of your intention to play with the cast you put it on your soapbox, giving those of us who are genuinely interested in your music a chance to go and join in the fun again. Thank you so much for that.

WWRY is the most exhilarating experience imaginable. It's certainly the only musical I've been to where I've felt as though I can join in and really be a part of the performance.

Thank you again, and many congratulations for your recent academic achievements.

All the very best,
Jackie (from Lincoln).

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Brian replied:

Great message - thanks so much Jacky ! My Letter of the week, I think !! Sometimes I need to hear this !! I have great love for our team, and it costs me nothing to do this ... it's just pure pleasure. But it's great to see and hear what effect it all has ...

Lotsa love

Bri

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**Sun 30 Sep 07**
BUMM!!!

Richard Anderson wrote:

Dr Bri,

Tis funny how the front cover there it looks like a CD, coincidence or some masterplan to take over the world with music? Either way, all the best with all the different versions of the book.

I found your Doris Day write-up quite interesting, there aren't a lot of female singers that really do it for me, but can see where you are coming from in a nostalgic basis....but then again the UK had the wonderful Dusty Springfield whos voice also had that same sort of clarity (something missing in todays female singers im afraid....)

Anyway i best let you get back to dusting off more of those cobwebs in the studio....i can assure you we the world will embrace the new Queen + Paul Rodgers tunes like a revolution :-)

cheers
Richard

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Brian replied:

Thanks Richard !!!

Very good ... yes - Dusty was very very cool ....

Take care and thanks

Bri

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**Sun 30 Sep 07**
PROGRESSION OF A MASTERPIECE


Edward Brewer wrote:

Dound this on youtube

demo of custom crafted 47 piece Brian May Red
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cKleh8jMw4

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Brian replied:

This junk is addictive !!

Bri

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**Sun 30 Sep 07**
PHOTOS FROM 29TH AT THE DOM

Tim Carey wrote:

Bri,

We all had a fantastic day yesterday. A really happy occasion but tinged with sadness at so many great people leaving the show. Minimouche (Hannah) had a reallly good time at both shows, although I think it will only dawn on her that so many have left when we return on Saturday to see the new cast. We could see the emotion in your face when you were playing to Peter and Jenna and touched your heart to them, saying Thank You.

Here a couple of photos that you can use if you wish.



Brian May - Dominion Theatre 29 Sept 2007


Dominion Theatre 29 Sept 2007

Tim, Angi, Sarah & Hannah (Minimouche) Carey

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Brian replied:

Many thanks, Tim. Nice pics! I will miss those guys.

Cheers
Bri

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**Sun 30 Sep 07**
WWRY 29.09.07

Matthew Locke wrote:

Hi...

I was at the Dominion last night and took some pictures (+ 1 silent movie) which I thought you might like.

It was a fantastic night and great to see you there again. I'm looking forward to seeing the new cast in the near future.

All the best and congratulations in finally attaining your PhD!

Matthew J Locke

PS - I have a completely unrelated question... is there a story behind the backwards bit at the end of 'Headlong'? It sounds like you guys are singing 'ah yeah' but it's actually Headlong reversed!


PPS - Feel free to post this e-mail and the pics/vid on your website.

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Brian replied:

Wow . nice pics and movie ...

THANKS Matthew..

Cheers
Bri

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**Sun 30 Sep 07**
QUESTION ABOUT A PIC

Paola Mendizabal wrote:

Bri,

First of all, congratulations dear Doctor!!

This is a short message to ask you about this pic. I always wondered if you were laughing (or shouting) on purpose or not (while Freddie remained serious). What's the story behind the photo? Please, satisfy my curiosity. Hehe.

Thanks you for all these years of joy and magic, Brian. Really.

With love,
Paola

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Brian replied:

This is great, Paola.

Cheers
Bri

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**Fri 28 Sep 07**
PLANE GLORY

Noah Petro wrote:

Dr. Bri,

Beautiful image on the website!

To answer the question of why they happen and why we don't always see them at the anti-solar point in a cloud, well, I'll try my best...

1. I think that they happen because of the backscattered light being scattered back to the viewer (in the plane). The light, passing through the water droplets, gets refracted as it passes out of the droplet causing the different colors (much like a rainbow). It's somewhat similar to the brightening observed on the lunar surface around astronauts, which is caused by the Opposition Effect, the tendency of the surface to appear brighter when the viewer is in line with the light source and surface (syzygy)

http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/alsj/a11/AS11-40-5930HR.jpg

2. I think the last point addresses why we don't see them at theanti-solar point in clouds. The anti-solar point is always between the Zsource (Sun) and viewer, so when you are in a plane, on the top of aZmountain, in a hot air balloon, you are in a position to see such a point. But if you are far from the cloud surface, the scattering of light does not make such phenomena visible...so you only see such "glories" when the plane is near the cloud...

I think, I may have to think about this while flying this weekend!

Have a good one!
Cheers,
Noah

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Brian replied:

Thanks Noah !!
Bri

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**Fri 28 Sep 07**
SOAPBOX - AN EVENING GLORY

Paola Riccucci wrote:

Dearest Dr. Bri,

on "Soapbox - AN EVENING GLORY" you asked:

Have we all seen these?
Do we know why they happen?
why aren't these things always visible when we look
towards the antisolar point into a cloud?

I often see those halos on my airplane travels, because I just love watching the land and sea from above, so I always try to pick a window seat on the side of the aircraft opposite to the Sun, relative to the general (compass) direction and time of the day for the flight.

The halos look particularly spectacular when the plane is flying at condensation trail height, because you can see the shadow of the trail projected onto the cloud tops, its tip following the (plane shadow in the) halo at a tiny distance.

My knowledge of Earth atmosphere physics and light propagation physics is rather limited, but I suppose those halos happen for the same reason that Sun and Moon halos (as seen from ground) happen: diffraction/refraction of light into thin, high clouds, made of ice crystals of the appropriate size and structure.

Which would explain why they are not always visible: they only appear when looking into / projected onto the "right" kind of cloud.

I remember I was once seated near two young (male) engineers and their girlfriends: at some point, one of them spotted the halo-with-shadow on an intermittent cloud layer, and they immediately got all worked up that a UFO or some kind of stealth military plane was following our flight.

When I heard one mention the "Klingon ship cloaking device" (of Star Trek fame), I had to hurt their personal and professional egoes a little bit, before they spread panic among the passengers around us...

On a website you probably know, I found this spectacular picture, showing how a similar effect can also happen when looking from below:

http://www.spaceweather.com/swpod2007/14apr07/Heden1.jpg

Lots of love as always!
Paola

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Brian replied:

Thanks Paola .. great story! I like the picture you found ... it's an ICE BOW, I think ... I have seen these occasionally and marvelled. It's a good point you make .... of course the top of clouds isn't always water droplets .. often it must be ice crystals, I guess ...

love
Bri

http://www.spaceweather.com/swpod2007/14apr07/Heden1.jpg

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**Fri 28 Sep 07**
""LOOKING FOR QUEEN" TRIP

Yuko wrote:

Dear Dr. Brian

This week (actually from last Friday 'til yesterday) We, familly were in the US. In L.A. I found your star on Wall of Fame! It was so hard to find, I asked for people showing the address.I bought couple of Queen T shirts at the store (where we know the manager) selling rock'n'roll goods. And I heard WWRY and You're My Best Friend on the TV commercials. In Vegas, at Freemont Experience, we saw the street musician (pianist) playing brilliant arrangement of Bo Rhap. I was happy that Queen is still there!

Take care.
Yuko

PS. I tried to watch the zodiacal light from the top of Stratosphere tower but the sun was hidden by the cloud. I was wondering how can you watch it? (Sorry for this rediculous question.)

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Brian replied:

Not a silly question, Yuko....

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**Fri 28 Sep 07**
I'VE SEEN THE LIGHT! (ZODIACAL, THAT IS)

Anthony Fernando wrote:

Hi Brian,

I'm just back from a couple of weeks in Central Australia, where I was treated to crystal clear, moonless desert skies. Armed with my new 10x80 binoculars and an astronomy yearbook, I settled down to several nights' of getting to know the skies better than I ever had previously. The old favourites (Jupiter, omega Cen, 47 Tuc, starfields of Sagittarius) looked better than ever. New sights included Uranus (which I could even pick out with the naked-eye using averted vision once I knew where to look) and even Neptune.

However, even the desert resorts like Yulara have localised light pollution. It wasn't until I was out hiking, 20 kilometres from the nearest light bulb and hundreds from the nearest town, that I had probably the astonomical highlight of the trip. A couple of hours after sunset, with the ecliptic oriented vertically, there was still a noticeable glow on the western horizon. Zodiacal light! I had never actually seen this before, and never realised how bright it can be in a dark sky. I suppose it's not called false dawn (or dusk) for nothing.

It is amazing how much of the natural world we miss out on living in big, light-polluted cities. While we might be vaguely aware that we have become divorced from the earthly aspects of nature, we probably don't realise how removed we are from what most intrigued, inspired and awed our ancestors, and contributed so much to all our human cultures, namely the majesty of the heavens in all their brilliant, star-studded glory.

As ever, your star-struck fan,
Ant

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Brian replied:

Great, Ant! Good comments ... and I'm very happy you saw the great Z ! It sounds like a wonderful location ...

Cheers!
bri

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**Fri 28 Sep 07**
ITALIAN NEWSPAPER

Donatella wrote:

Hi Bri,

The same news that has been reported on "Corriere della Sera" website was on the homepage of "La Repubblica" website (the second most important Italian newspaper). Here is the link to the page: http:
//musica-ilcaso.temi.kataweb.it/

They also invited fans and non-fans to give their opinion about the name of the group: whether you and Roger are allowed to use the Queen's brand or "The Queen" only belongs to the original band.

I've tried to make a translation of the news here below. The title of the article plays with Zucchero's name (which you know means "Sugar" and they say "without sugar") and that bittersweet sensation of fans who are supposed to feel betrayed.

(Sorry for the mistakes)

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QUEEN: A "SUGARFREE" RETURN

It's just a matter of "+". A mere mathematical symbol which in this case has a different meaning; like a gulf between past and present; a presumed separation of the untouchable (that is, the great Freddie Mercury, died on 1991) and the guy chosen as his substitute by his old mates. It was clear that many people - not only original Queen's fans - had not liked the idea to make a reunion of the Queen and to call Paul Rodgers to replace Freddie. Paul Rodgers has never wanted or even thought to be able to overshadow Mercury's fame. It seems that he had
been chosen after Zucchero's refusal. Zucchero had been approached during a concert at Cape Town by Brian May, Queen's guitarist. But now, after two years touring with the former leader of Bad Company band as vocalist, the issue is getting more complicated and very hot.

Some newspapers are giving the news that the "born again" Queen (that is, Queen with Paul Rodgers) are going to release a record with new songs.

According to rumours, songs are ready. But here is the problem: what shall be the name of the band releasing the album? The Queen, simply, as in the past? Or, The Queen + Paul Rodgers, so that the "+" symbol marks the difference between something which represents the absolute best and will never be again versus what the other members of the band are now trying to resume?

In conclusion, it's not just an issue of nostalgic fans or devoted to Freddie Mercury. Someone believes that there is a strong difference between what this famous British band wrote and represented in the history of rock and - on the contrary - what is going to be a very "skimpy" record compared with the most famous Queen's albums. "We will let things run their course, without any pressure. The interaction with Paul is the same as the one with Freddie" says Roger Taylor, drum player of the band. In the meantime, the controversy continues.

Is it fair to keep the original name of the band or is it better to add a "+"? Give your opinions.

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Cheers
Donatella

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Brian replied:

Thanks Donatella.

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**Fri 28 Sep 07**
THINGS THAT MESS WITH YOUR HEAD

Alyona wrote:

Oops, I just now noticed that you already mentioned the term Glory in the heading for the pics - sorry!

Dear Bri,

No way.... Clouds!!! I lose my head so easily over them, but this is just... stunning! OK, my own wild guess was:

1. Solar spectrum diffraction by tiny water droplets = rainbow
2. Clouds act as a screen = rainbow is projected onto their surface
3. Antisolar point, because, well, the light rays are straight, emitted at 90 degrees from the solar surface... did I make a big mess out of this one?

Then I did a quick search and found out there's a term for these things... Glories!

http://graffiti.virgin.net/ljmayes.mal/var/glorytxt.htm
http://www.philiplaven.com/p2c.html

Sorry, but I also couldn't help thinking: this picture could have been 3D! Try it next time when you fly if you have a digital camera: a few snapshots in a very rapid succession, with as little camera shift as possible... then they can be combined into stereo pairs. That's exactly what the cloud guy did, who had a fantastic presentation at the NSA convention. Too bad I cannot find any of his stuff online, I was so hopeful.... I'd do it myself, but I hardly ever fly, and with my luck there will be no clouds next time I do...

LOVE
Alyona

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Brian replied:

Thanks Alyona ! Yes, I know what you mean ... I have been doing 'hyperstereos' from planes for many years !

I'll have to put some up on site !

I think your explanations are just great !

Love
Bri
xxx

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Previously Alyona wrote:

Dear Bri,

This incredible sound file does the same thing for your ears as stereo images for your eyes... a complete illusion of real 3-d space... but you MUST use the headphones! It's the only way this amazing sound will have the intended effect!

Virtual Barber Shop

X
A

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**Fri 28 Sep 07**
THE GLORY

Sally wrote:

Hi Brian,

Thought you (and your fans) might like to have this link (if you don't already have it). www.atoptics.co.uk/droplets/glory.htm

The entire site called Atmospheric Optics is quite an interesting one. I stumbled on to it about 4 years ago when looking for information about such things as mirages, sundogs, glories, etc.

Love,
Sally (Sara) in Oregon

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Brian replied:

Thanks Sally .. I liked this site a lot.
Bri

Xx

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**Fri 28 Sep 07**
FLYING V IN CA

Christian Segarra wrote

I can confirm at the first of the LA Forum shows in 1982 you had the Flying V up and running. You either must have been having string issues or you were just rankin on them hard because you blew a string out on the Red Special two minutes onto the Brighton solo and finished up with the Gibson. You must have popped off a ring at the bridge because I remember the string hanging from the Red Special's head like a long brass loch. The next thing I noticed, you had the Flying V. It seemed to be an extra long solo too because I saw the show the next night and the solo was not as long ... but it still jammed though. On the string break night, it was like you were making up for not being able to finish it up with the "Lady". Pete must have got er restrung because you had her back for the next song.

Christian
p.s. Congrats on the PhD.

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**Thu 27 Sep 07**
KUDOS TO QUEEN FAN CLUB AND JACKY GUN

Dear Dr. May,

I would like to echo a sentiment expressed by Russell Green with respect to the appreciation he expressed for the people responsible for maintaining the Brian May website. I would like to personally extend a vote of thanks and affection for Jacky Gunn and the Queen Fan Club. While working on my thesis in American History, I contacted the Queen Fan Club in an attempt to arrange a short interview with one or more members of Queen. Although it was not possible at that time, Jacky Gunn responded promptly, courteously, and wished me well in my endeavors. I hasten to add that she investigated to determine whether or not my request could be accomodated. Of all the bands I contacted, Queen were the only organization that responded. I was blown away at the professionalism, respect, and personal attention Ms. Gunn and the club afforded me. Please relay to Brian that the group of people representing him are indeed regal. I could go on but I don't want to gush....

Much Admiration And Respect,
J.T. Martin
Texas State University San Marcos

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Brian replied:

That's very kind, JT .... and much appreciated ... yes, I feel very proud of our team.

I hope your thesis has now come to a satisfying conclusion .... I empathise greatly !!

Cheers
Brian

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**Thu 27 Sep 07**
ITALIAN PRESS

Dear Bri,

... Aabout an "incredible" piece of rubbish printed today by "Corriere della Sera" , unfortunately one of the most widespread Italian newspaper.

But....before you get hundreds of emails asking if anything written is true, I had better inform you. Here' s the link for the online article: HERE

In short, the article claims there's a sort of "thriller" around Queen .The journalist says the band will be forced to change its name, that you are all so disappointed by Paul Rodgers (although a new album is ready to be launched) and that the real frontman had to be Zucchero!!!!

Actually the journalist says Brian called Zucchero asking if he'd like to be Queen's new singer. He also writes that you tried both with George Michael and Robbie Williams, but then you had to go for Paul Rodgers in the end. Furthermore, the journalist ( think a devote Catholic) reminds people that Queen were on tour in Italy when the previous Pope died and they didn't cancel any date.

Of course my personal opinion is that this is a lot of rubbish. The bad thing is that Corriere della Sera is one of the most influential Italian newspapers.

What have you done to deserve such a treatment from this Mr De Ponti???? (and by the way, I 've never heard of him as "musical journalist").

I'm speechless.

Take care,
lots of love,
Raffa

TRANSLATED EXTRACT

"A phone call reached Zucchero soon after that concert: Hi, this is Brian, we'd like to start it over again Queen. Would you like to become our singer? The man (Zucchero) took some time to think it over and then he refused the offer. He was honoured about this request, but he said he didn't want to abandon his project for a solo career"
Here in Italian:

La telefonata a Zucchero arrivò poco dopo: ciao, sono Brian, avremmo voglia di ripartire con i Queen, che ne diresti di diventare il nostro cantante? L'uomo si prese un po' di tempo, poi declinò l'invito: era onorato dalla richiesta, disse, ma non se la sentiva di abbandonare una brillante carriera da solista.

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Andrea Spoldi wrote:

Hi,

It's Andrea from Italy writing; this morning I've found this article about the forthcoming release of new Queen's album with Paul on vocals. I wish to point it out to You all, I did a 5min translation of it from italian, sorry for mistakes, still hope it's good enough to you to understand it.

A personal note: I didn't like the way the writer has explained some fact, and (I think) invented others.

Here's the original and my translation following.

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Everything is (almost) ready for the new record with Paul Rodgers

The Queen mystery

The band is doubtful: are we gonna change name ? Light shed on a secret involvment with Zucchero.

Milan - a "plus", itself, makes the difference.

For the over 300 million record sold rock band Queen, a 'plus' means even more.

Freedie Mercury's band, rock icon defeated by AIDS on November 24th 1991, heads back studios for the first time in sixteen years. Actually, they're already got into sessions, but October will see them back again for post-production and ultimate mixing of the nine new songs written with Paul Rodgers, the vocalist bearing honour and obey of replace Mercury as band's voice.

But then the 'plus' comes out: will it be a "Queen + Paul Rodgers" release, as worldwide fans community would prefer, or a "Queen" one, with no plus, as greedy majors wish ? That's not a pointless question : "Queen + Paul Rodgers", the name choosen for the firs tour after Mercury (and for ROTC cd and dvd), would make easier to accept, for die-hard fans, the presence of a singer who, in studio

more than live, will have to live with the shadow of the dear gone, one of the most versatile and recognizable voices in Rock History. But it's true nevertheless that plain <<Queen>> would be more billboard striking. And, secretly, Rodgers himself would be eager to get rid of that "plus", not willing to be a session singer but a full time group member. The only risk is that this name dispute might push forward the release date of this the long awaited record.

The "plus" will win in the end. But the truth is: Queen are back on work. "There was not plan to produce a new album, as well as there were no plans to be touring as we did in 2005, it all came out spontanously. It's great to be useful again", says Roger Taylor, drummer. Guitarist Brian May follows : "The interaction with Roger and Paul is similar to what Queen had when Freddie was still around, the one of a band who dares and experiments". Somehow like what Paul Rodgers states: " We want things to develop naturally, with no pressure or hurry".

A small detail to be mentioned. At the beginning new Queen's frontman was not to be Paul Rodgers, but Zucchero. It all was born in Capetown following 46664 concert, where also the Italian bluesman was billed. He was joined on stage by May and Taylor, and Sharon (not Andrea as stated on the article, personal note by me as translator) Corr, Corrs violin. A performance made unforgettable with videoclip <<Indaco dagli ocche del cielo>>.

A phonecall to Zucchero followed by: "Hi, it's Brian speaking, we would like to start again with Queen, would you like to become our singer?" The man (Zucchero) took his time, then stepped back: he was honoured to be asked, he said, but he was not to leave a brilliant solo carreer. And within his heart he thought that it would be unfair to come down and compete with Freddie, who even after less than 16 years since his passing, it's a divinity (or maybe more) for his fans. Zucchero has never regret his choice and goes on filling up arenas with his Italian Style Blues. But his "no" didn't stop Queen's war machine. John Deacon, former band's bass player, stepped aside, but said to understand the will of Brian and Roger to hit back the stage and allowed the use of Queen logo. So after some attempts (rumours about Robbie Williams or George Michael as potential frontmen) all band's attention was focused on Paul Rodgers, former Free and Bad Company singer. A singer who, by chance, has a vocal timber more similar to Zucchero than Mercury.

The three of them started a worldwide tour which get angry even the Vatican and Italian Protezione Civile (Queen performed in Rome the very next monday to John Paul II 's death, ignoring the request to cancel the event), but that reached a huge success, Mercury's songs Karaoke with Paul Rodgers leading the choir.

Now it's time to start again, and Rodgers will have to count on his own legs. With or without " + " .

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Cheers.
Andrea Spoldi

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Brian replied:

Thanks Andrea ... this will be a very useful translation for us to have. This man seems to have a severe 'chip on his shoulder' ... he must be harbouring some kind of jealous hatred, to want to invent bogus information in this way. Perhaps he thought we wouldn't find out !!!

Take care

love
Bri

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SUBSEQUENT MAIL.....

Hi Dr. BHM,

Yes I had the same idea of yours...what I see very unfair, for you (Rog an yourself) and Paul, is this continous using of "replacement", "substitute", and even when he writes about Paul willing to be a full time Queen member...when since day 0 of your collaboration you've always stated otherwise, and not only on your soapbox but almost everywhere on the net...

it's sad...

Take care my, if I may, "maestro" (I'm a guitar player too eheh)

Andrea.

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Brian replied:

Thanks Andrea ....

I wonder where this is going ....

I hope it is just another storm in a teacup .....

take care ...and thanks for caring ...

Love
Bri

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**Thu 27 Sep 07**
FLYING V

Gowan Collins wrote :

I`m sure millions of people have sent in more pics. But this is I believe the Gibson model that Brian was playing, http://cgi.ebay.com if Brian is intrested that one is on ebay!!!!!!

Also on this site www.rocknrollvintage.com. Just scroll down the page to:

The Gibson 1981 Flying V
A maple top sunburst V. Note the unusual switch, knob jack layout which are unique to this model and the V 83.

hope it is of some interest....

*****I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SAY WELL DONE AND CONGRATULATIONS DR B.H.MAY*****

Gowan

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Brian replied:

It sure looks like the one !

bri

THANKS !!

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**Wed 26 Sep 07**
MORE FLYING V STUFF

David Williams wrote:

Hi Brian,

I'm a huge fan of yours and have been for year, hence my email address!

I am fascinated with this talk of the Gibson Flying V (I'm always interested in guitars that players are not normally associated with) and subsequently saw the following picture also: www.queenconcerts.com

On this website it states that you used a Flying V (or two) as backups for most of the Hotspace and The Works tours until you used the Guild Guitars as backups (somewhere between 84-86), is this true? How did you find the sound using your AC30/treble booster setup and what made you pick a Flying V in particular?

Until you had reasonable copies made, did it used to concern you thatyou really had to rely on one guitar? How did you used to deal with Drop D tuning live, with a floating tremolo?

Sorry for all the questions, its just so exciting to have the possibility to even ask them!

Thanks,
David

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Brian replied:

Thanks David ...

Cheers and good luck ...

Bri

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**Wed 26 Sep 07**
QUEEN LIVE IN MONTREAL SCREEENING [IN USA?]

Courtney Whitmore wrote:

Hi Brian (and Jen)

Can you tell me if there is the possibility of any screenings of Live in Montreal in the US? My Queen friend and I are really hoping we will be able to attend a West Coast showing! Please let me know.

Thank you,
Courtney Whitmore

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Reply from Jim Beach - relayed by Brian:

No screenings in the US are currently planned.

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**Wed 27 Sep 07**
"WE WILL ROCK YOU" VOTED AS FAVOURITE ROCK-CLASSIC IN GERMANY

Christoph Muelle wrote:

Hey Brian,

I'd like to inform you that the readers of the biggest german newspaper "Bild" voted "We will rock you" as their personal favourite rocksong which will appear on a new cd "BILD Rock Hits".

21,97 per cent voted for YOUR song. It's funny that the article is titled "We Are The Champions von Queen ist Ihr persönlicher Rock-Klassiker" ("We Are The Champions from Queen is your personal rock-classic"). Why can't they see that theese are different songs?

Here's the link: www.bild.t-online.de/

Christoph Müller

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Brian replied:

Excellent ! Thanks for this news, Christoph !

Rock !!!

Brian

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**Wed 26 Sep 07**
THE UNSUNG HEROES

Russell Green wrote:

Morning Dr Bri,

I run my own business, and employ people to run different parts of the business. I really depend on them, and appreciate all their good work. This made me think about how much us fans depend on the people behind you and Queen.

I had to work this weekend, and have been in my office on Saturday and again this morning before 8am.

To start off my day I always make myself a coffee and catch up on brianmay.com, and on both mornings the site had been updated.

This made me think how much us fans owe not just to you, but also to Jen and the rest of the good folks who keep the site up there for us.

I'm sure I speak for many, many other fans when I say a VERY BIG THANKS! to them, and all the other staff who, over the years have provided us fans with a truly quality, dedicated and professional service that has helped to produce and provide us with the music, the concerts, the dvd's, the stage shows and, of course the web sites, that all go to make
up the foundations of rock that is Queen.

All the best to you and your dedicated staff....
Russ
An appreciative fan!!

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Brian replied:

That's a really great accolade, Russell ... and means a lot to us. THANKS !!

Well, we'll try to keep coming up with stuff to help your breakfast down !!

Cheers !
Bri

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**Mon 24 Sep 07**
THE CALL 46664 - WHEN IS THE SONG OUT???

Cara Harwood wrote:

Hey Brian

OMG i've only just found this song and it the most powerful, controversial and political song i've ever heard by Queen. I want this song so badly when's it coming out on this (allegedly) new album ive been hearing about? And what's it going to be called the album? Because I'm now so love with this song!!!!

love Cara

^-^

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Brian replied:

Thanks Cara !

Well, this is certainly worth thinking about ...maybe you will start a landslide !

Thanks
Bri

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**Mon 24 Sep 07**
BRIAN'S SOAPBOX

Simon Bradley wrote:

I’ve just spotted a part on Soapbox – about the Flying V?

Dunno if it helps, but that black and white pic looks like a Dean V (really doesn’t look like a Gibson)– and the guitar he used in the Princes… video was a Washburn RR10-V.

Simon

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Brian replied:

Brilliant, Simon !

Thanks ..

Bri

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**Mon 24 Sep 07**
FLYING V IN NEW JERSEY IN 1982

Anthony wrote:

Hi Dr Bri

I have been a fan for many years and have seen you many times. I would like to thank you for many years of music and joy. And I look forward to many more.

I saw Queen in 1982 in New Jersey August 9th I think, at the Brendon Byrne/ Meadowlands, which is now the Continental arena, which I saw you and Paul at also.

During the show you had problems with The Old Lady and came out with the Birch copy. Then the birch copy had some problems and you threw it and your roadie missed it I think because he held up something that looked like a broken Birch Guitar. You then played a good part of the concert on a Flying V. I remember wishing I had a camera to see you playing on the V. You played Life is real while repairs were being done. Freddie even joked if some one had an extra guitar to please bring it up. After the break in BORHAP you came back with the Old Lady. I have a copy of the show on cd. ill have to give it a listen and see if I can see when the guitar goes out.

Have a good day. And Thanks for making music that has helped me through some tough times in my life.

Anthony Cavallo

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Brian replied:

That's fascinating. Many thanks Anthony. Now it makes sense.

. . .

Bri

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**Sat 22 Sep 07**
PhD IN ASTROPHYSICS

Stan wrote:

Hi Brian,

I simply wanted to take the time to congratulate you on earning your PhD. Although my doctorate is in the "fluffy" education realm, nevertheless I do understand the difficulties involved... so congrats!

I am a veteran physics and chemistry teacher (30+ years). How this email relates to astrophysics is that Piet Hut (an astrophysicist at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton) and I are working on a collaboration (with a few others) on attempting to create a high school curriculum that teaches students to program galaxy and star cluster dynamics. I'll get to visit the Institute in October to discuss this topic with Piet. Of course, the Institute is hallowed ground for a public school teacher!

I also want to thank you for being an outstanding role model. As a teacher, I look for exemplary role models for my students and such people are increasingly scarce in this world. So I used you as an example of a rock star who: 1) Does not smoke, 2) Does not drink, and 3) Values an education to the extent that you are completing your doctorate in a truly demanding academic field.

I hope you do not mind me using you as an example in this manner.

Cheers,

Stan

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Brian replied:

Well, I do not mind at all, Stan .... I take it as a great compliment.

Cheers and good luck with your project.
Brian

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**Sun 23 Sep 07**
SUNSET AT THE NORTH POLE

Chrystel wrote:
Subject: I vote for Photoshop - North Pole

I don't have lots of good reasons for this - except I noticed there were no bumpy places on the Moon, I don't think the ice has melted Quite that much.

CB

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Michelle Gilbert wrote:

Subject: Sunset @ North Pole Photo.... see debunking link inside

www.snopes.com/photos/natural/northpole.asp says, "...as far as we know, it is a work titled 'Hideaway', produced by a 22-year-old German astrophysics student named Inga Nielsen using Terragen scenery rendering software."

...and a link to "Hideaway":
http://nielsen.sp01.ab-webspace.de/gallery/details.php?image_id=63

Isn't the reflection of the sun in the water a bit odd, anyway?

Sorry to be the person to ruin the myth! Though, of course, I'm still curious as to what you thought.

Best -
Michelle Gilbert

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Brian replied:

Thanks, Michelle Gilbert, for providing this link to the original of this picture - it looks really nice in a higher res. Nicely done, I gotta sa! But, since it's an electronic creation, perhaps not totally suitable for "Astro Photo of the Day!"

http://nielsen.sp01.ab-webspace.de/gallery/details.php?image_id=63

Bri

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Larry Boyd wrote:
Subject: Sunset @ North Pole :)

We, Santa Claus & I, say that the photo is a fake that was created by any 1 of a number of landscape design applications. Our reasons for stating its a created image is due to 2 observations (1) the moon could not possibly be that large that close to Earth and also in relation to the size of the Sun; (2) the moon would not appear as a horizontal crescent but as a vertical crescent.

Santa wants to hit the local pub now:) Gonna explain to me how he manages to get presents delivered to every home within 24 hours.

All the best
Larry

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Fernando Zamudio wrote:
Subject: SUNSET AT THE NORTH POLE.... false !

Dear Dr. Bri !

I saw the beautiful picture of the sunset at the north pole... but this is not real... if you make a zoom you will see anomalies around the moon... in the sky and on the water.. but... still be a great picture !

Well this is just my opinion...

Saludos desde Venezuela
Fernando

PD: In your show in Aruba i did give my venezuela flag to Paul Rodgers... you know where it's my old flag right now ?

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Noah Petro" wrote:
Subject: Sunset at the North Pole

Dr. Bri,

Another email, sorry to fill your in box, but I wanted to respond to the image you posted today. It is indeed a lovely view, and generated in photoshop, I think. The Moon is too big and, for now, the North Pole is frozen during the Northern Summer (but for how much longer?).

Maybe it's a view from the North Pole of a different planet, around a different star...

Cheers,
Dr. Noah

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Pauline Cook wrote:
Subject: Picture

Hi,

We get the impression that it might be fake, having a daughter that is doing a degree in photography we have seen her skills at adapting her photos espicially with her graphic slab she got for her birthday.

I would live to think it was real as it is amazing and would love it on the wall of my office just to gaze at!!!!

Love
Paul
x

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**Thu 20 Sep 07**
YOUR PRINCE ARTICLE

Daniele wrote:

Hi Brian,

I'm Daniele from Italy.

I just read the article you wrote about Prince's O2 concert. I witnessed two of those, but what really left me speechless was the 13th September aftershow.

Anyway, I've been a Prince fan for years and you wrote one of the best pieces on him I've ever read. It fully captures many aspects of Prince's persona, in a way I've rarely seen. So this is to say thank you for such a thoughtful take on Prince.

And for all the great music you gave us: my girlfriend Valentina is a big fan of you and Queen, and I have come back to your music thanks to her. Your guitar playing has the depth of centuries and the energy of a turbine.

Years ago I remember listening to a record where you played with other great guitarists. There was a lenghty, soulful blues workout with guitars throughout, really excellent stuff: I can't remember the album title though.

By the way, we have one thing in common: we both studied physics, although you went for astronomy while I specialized in particle physics.

With admiration,
Daniele

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Brian replied:

Hi Daniele ....

Well, you have a pretty poetic way with words too! Depth of centuries, eh .... well, that's inspiring ...!!

Thanks for this.

I think the record you're remebering is my "Star Fleet Project". It's probably time I did a proper release of it on CD.

Well, thanks, and love and respects from me ...

Particle Physics .... wow ... I wish I had kept up with it ... the early Universe stuff is hard for me because I am rusty on my Particle stuff ... well, maybe there's time !

Lotsa love
Bri

Did Prince do after-shows every night? hmmm ... well, the show was about right for me.

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**Thu 13 Sep 07**
BRIAN'S METHOD ON RADIAL VELOCITY

Larry Boyd wrote:

I'm really looking forward to reading on the method(s) Brian used for the radial velocity of the dust clouds and the markers (signatures) if he used doppler data as described in the publication www.cimms.ou.edu/~smith/pubs/aram2004_tmsmith_andklelmore.pdf

Next month I'm off to get the new updated BANG! ( more bang for the $, couldn't resist) as well as the new dvd's of the Montreal concert.

All the best
Larry

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Brian replied:

ah !

Dear Larry .... I have had a look at the paper.

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**Tue 04 Sep 07**
WIKIPEDIA "ALL ANCHORS DOWN"

Gordon wrote:

Hello Dr may.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_%2B_Paul_Rodgers#The_future

"It has been leaked that the working title of the new album is "All Anchors Down" and will likely see release in the U.S. on February 19, 2008. It has been noted that Paul Rodgers will handle approximately 70% of lead vocal duties, although Brian May and Roger Taylor will assume lead vocal duties for at least two songs a piece. With the exception of two songs, thus far,all credits for songs belong solely to May, Rodgers, and Taylor. Some seventeen songs have been prepared for the album, although it is likely the finished album will have twelve to fourteen tracks and a running time of over one hour." [Ed. The above now gone from Wikipedia]

This was posted on a forum i visit and has some rather curious information on the page.

if you scroll down to the bottom of "the future" link, it has some info' on the new album which no one is sure whether it is true (everyone knows what wikipedia is like!!!).

It sounds fairly convincing but then thats the point of a lie i suppose. This shows one of the problems with wikipedia really.

I have chosen not to believe it, and only will if it is confirmed by Yourself, Roger or Paul, ( Horses mouth and all that).

thanks for your time,

Gordon

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Thanks Gordon.

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**Tue 04 Sep 07**
GOOD COMPANY

Jane wrote:

Dear Brian

Can you clarify something about the album "A night at the opera please? "And baby will fall" can you tell me what happened to it and why was it not included on the album? Also did you include a song called "Good Company?" if so when Mick Wall reviewed "A Night at the Opera: this evening, he missed this tune out. Can you tell me what the song is about and who is Jane at No.4? This is a song at the end of "A Night at the Opera" and are you playing the Banjo, as it sounds like you are if you aren't? What instrument are you playing please?

From
Jane

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Brian replied:

I don't know what you mean about this baby falling!

Mick Wall missed out "Good Company"? Silly man!

Ah - the song is just a little story about life ... the meaning ought to be self-explanatory when you listen to the words. It's a little work of fiction. No living resemblance....etc etc ...

It was a Ukelele ...

Lots of love, JANE

Bri
xxxx

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**Sun 02 Sep 07**
YOU WERE MENTIONED IN OUR CHURCH TODAY

Scott wrote:

Dear Brian,

Our church service ended this morning with two young women being prayed over as they left to go off to college. One of the moms had the minister read the following:


When I’m gone
Don’t stop to wonder if I ever think of you
The same moon shines
The same wind blows
For both of us, and time is but a paper moon. . . be not gone

Though I’m gone
It’s just as though I hold the flower that touches you
A new life grows
The blossom knows
There’s no one else could warm my heart as much as you. . . be not gone


I recognized it immediately as "Teo Torriate" and whispered to my wife, "This is Bri's".

It was a beautiful moment as the church was quiet, the moms were weeping and we all reflected on those that we love.

Cheers,
Scott

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